[Ed. – But Indians were present at the first Thanksgiving.]
A writer for The Nation magazine criticized the NFL for putting the Washington Redskins game on primetime on Thanksgiving.
Dave Zirin wrote that the “R*dskins” name is a “slur, a name that exists mainly because of genocide and displacement.”
“It’s as if NFL owners, by having Washington host this game, are having their own private joke,” Zirin wrote, adding “a league that celebrates racial slurs can never be an engine for social change.”
Washington fan Juan Williams, who said he also finds the name offensive to Native Americans, asked the panel their thoughts on the story.
“Doesn’t matter what you call them, they’re going to lose anyway,” Philadelphia native and Eagles fan Jesse Watters remarked.
Kimberly Guilfoyle said a recent study showed 90 percent of Native Americans didn’t actually find the “Redskins” name offensive.
Team owner Dan Snyder has maintained that he will never change the squad’s name.
The panel remarked that the evening-game tradition is not as storied as the two afternoon NFL games, and therefore helps the case that it is not an “inside joke” for the owners.